Unimas and Qurtuba mark new relationship in science and ICT
KOTA SAMARAHAN: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Qurtuba University of Science and IT, Pakistan on Jan 16 to mark a new relationship through the strengthening, promoting and developing co-operation in the field of Science and ICT.
The MoU was signed by Vice Chancellor of Unimas, Prof Dato Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi, while Qurtuba University of Science and IT was represented by Qurtuba Foundation Member BOG chairman Dr Muhammad Azhar Khan Niazi.
The MoU signing was witnessed by the Dean for Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology UNIMAS, Dr Johari Abdullah and Head of Department and Assistant Professor Department of Electrical Engineering Faculty of Engineering Qurtuba UniversityDr Imran Ullah Khan.
According to Kadim, the MoU marks a new beginning for both Unimas and Qurtuba University which aims to foster active collaboration in the area of students and staff exchange, research, curriculum development and other areas.
“Collaboration between Unimas and external parties has been going on for many years and this is to ensure that Unimas stay in touch with the needs of the stakeholders particularly the community with regards to our curriculum and to utilize our research expertise to solve problems in the community,” he said.
Kadim added that ICT plays an important role in the development of nation and economy, thus, there is a great potential for ICT products and services market globally, to put emphasis on knowledge economy.
“Unimas has been actively involved in bridging the digital divide through several initiatives such as the eBario, eLamai and eBa’kelalan projects. These projects are done through our research centre, Institute of Social Innovation and Technologies Innovation (ISITI).
“Therefore, I believe this another area of collaboration which we can share our expertise in term of bridging the digital divide in the rural communities,” he added.
The MoU endeavours to take necessary steps to encourage and promote co-operation in the following areas such as collaborative research, student project and internship, collaborative development of curriculum and syllabus, exchange of academic staff/faculty members for research and teaching, participation in seminars and academic meeting, short term academics/study visits and any other areas of co-operation.